Stretch marks can occur during sudden changes in body size, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or rapid weight gain or loss.
You can embark on some healthy lifestyle changes to help decrease the appearance of stretch marks.
Healthy lifestyle to embark include the following:
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Try maintaining a healthy weight by exercising and eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
Eating a nutrient-rich diet will ensure that your skin is getting the proper nutrition and helps you to get rid of stretch marks. These foods include: Legumes: beans, peas, lentils Foods with Zinc: peanuts, tofu, nuts, oatmeal, seeds Fruits and veggies: oranges, avocados, blueberries, melons, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, bell peppers Foods with Omega-3 fatty acids: salmon, sardines
2. Avoid sun exposure
Being out in the sun can make the marks more noticeable. If you do not want to avoid the sun, simply cover up areas with stretch marks when you’re outside.
3. Stay hydrated
Hydrated skin is more elastic, so staying hydrated can help prevent you from getting new ones.
4. Moisturize your skin daily
You can prevent or minimize the development of new stretch marks by keeping your skin hydrated. This is especially important for pregnant women or people who are losing or gaining weight. Apply moisturizing oils and creams at least once a day, especially if you are pregnant.
5. Wear supportive underwear
Gently supportive undergarments that cover your belly and thighs can be helpful for preventing or it, especially if you are overweight. This is also a good alternative to expensive cosmetic surgeries, especially if the stretch marks cover a large area of skin.